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Friday, January 13, 2012


All photos today from the Internet.

This time last year here in Brisbane, Queensland we were facing this.

In nearby Grantham and Toowoomba they were also in trouble.

When the water receded Brisbane's citizens rallied and the Mud Army appeared to help with the clean-up.

Buses were loaded with helpers and taken to where the devastation was worst.


On the surface things look as if they are back to almost normal in most places but there are still many families whose homes have not been repaired/ rebuilt mainly through lack of finances and squabbles with Insurance Companies and many small businesses have permanently closed their doors.

This memorial, called the Pillar of Courage, was unveiled this week in Ipswich.
Edited to add this quote:
The 10 m high monument, named the Pillar of Courage, will be unveiled at a morning ceremony at Goodna's Alf Harris Park.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale says the pillar features six coloured blocks to represent the half-dozen times the city has flooded in the past 100 years.
Each block is etched with a word that recognises the positives that emerged from the disaster, Cr Pisasale said.
"Twelve months on the key words are: resilience, community, strength, heroes, caring and unity," he said.
"This is about not only reflecting on the floods but paying tribute to the resilience of our community and all the people that got us to where we are."

Photos like these make you pause and count your blessings don't they?

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  1. It's a wonderful memorial... What is written on the top two?

  2. That sure do make me pause. I remember this well from all your field reporting. I wondered how the rebuilding has been going.

  3. Gosh I can't believe that was a year ago already.

  4. The recovery effort has been monumental. I cant believe a year has passed already.